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Blog - July 22, 2014

 Callao: the best ceviche in Montreal

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Callao: the best ceviche in Montreal
After catching a show at the Just for Laughs Festival, my friend and I headed up to Callao, a Peruvian restaurant on Laurier street which opened in June. We had read some good reviews of the food, prepared by Chef Mario Navarrete Jr., and we were eager to try it out. We explained to our very attentive waiter that we were planning to mostly eat the fish and seafood on offer, and he recommended that we order a bottle of the Californian Fess Parkay Chardonnay ($37). We began with an entrée each. My friend ordered the Papas a la huancaina ($7) which,...

Blog - July 11, 2014

 Cinko: Eat to your heart’s content at $5 a dish!

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Cinko: Eat to your heart’s content at $5 a dish!
Since we were heading for the Place des Spectacles to catch the free Diana Krall show at the Jazz Festival (I love Montreal in the summer!), my friend and I decided to catch dinner in the Latin Quarter, at Cinko, a new restaurant that opened on St-Denis street. The formula they present certainly made us curious: all dishes offered on the menu are five dollars! The restaurant is situated in such a way that it has a long terrace running along its side, which makes for lots of outdoor seating. Our friendly waiter gave us our food and...

Blog - June 23, 2014

 The Manitoba: Exploring a New World of Taste

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: The Manitoba: Exploring a New World of Taste
Yesterday night, my son and I had a most original dining experience.  We agreed to meet at Manitoba, situated right at the end of St-Zotique next to Park avenue.  This restaurant is only three months old, but it is enjoying well deserved success, and this is why it is best to reserve a table. The restaurant does not seem like much from the outside -although that will soon change with the planned building of a terrace-  but once you set foot in this beautiful space, you sense an invitation to explore an original eating concept, which begins with the decor: a...

Blog - June 17, 2014

 A Memorable Meal at Les Coudes sur la Table

Posted by  Anne McDougall 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: A Memorable Meal at Les Coudes sur la Table
Over the last few years, East enders of Montreal have been witnessing the economic revival of their area. It is no longer necessary to leave the neighborhood in search of a great restaurant, and going out to dinner can mean a short walk from home.  Les Coudes sur la Table has been open for less than a year, and has made a solid reputation for itself as a dependable bistro-fare restaurant.  It was opened by friends  Alexandre Jourdan and Cédric Deslandes, the chef. Make sure to call and make a reservation, since the restaurant is not open for dinner every day...

Blog - April 08, 2014

 The Delicious but Elusive Barcola

Posted by Josée De Angelis 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: The Delicious but Elusive Barcola
It took three weeks just to get a reservation. We even showed up once out of the blue to be turned away, but we understood why: there are only about 30 seats in this Mile-End restaurant. It is that small. And it is often packed, probably because the Chef and owner, Fabrizio Caprioli, was the Chef at the well-known Buona Notte on Saint-Laurent Blvd. The food he prepares is strongly influenced by the cuisine he learned in his native Trieste neighbourhood of Barcola. We finally got a reservation on a Thursday evening, without knowing that it was a Prosecco Aperitivo evening....

Blog - March 19, 2014

 Anga : The warmth of Brazil

Posted by Josée De Angelis 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Anga : The warmth of Brazil
A tall rubber plant with huge leaves set against bamboo walls make you forget the cold winter weather outside, giving the impression you're on vacation in a warm, sunny country. We were greeted by the owner, Lisya Said, who was just delightful. Throughout our experience at Anga, the service and attention we received is noteworthy. You'll see below why. We chose from the à la carte menu. On their website, they also offer the Anga menu, with a choice of either 5 or 7 dishes, but we didn't see this menu. The shrimp flambéed in cachaça ($6), the Brazilian rum distilled from sugarcane...

Blog - February 11, 2014

 The Frunchroom : Back to the '20s

Posted by Josée De Angelis 
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Blog: The Frunchroom : Back to the '20s
Open since December 9, 2013, with its sleek style and fashionable design, this fresh new restaurant-bar on René-Lévesque Blvd. West is all warm wood and soft lighting coming from huge chandeliers. Huge, rusted metal beams are mixed in the wood on the far wall to remind us that the Frunchroom hints at the prohibition years, when apparently the expression “frunch room” was Chicago slang for the front room of the house, as opposed to the living room. The menu is filled with vintage photos of that era and some of the waiters wear the white shirt, sleeves rolled up, with...

Blog - January 29, 2014

 Brasserie Bernard Review

Posted by Josée De Angelis 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Brasserie Bernard Review
The first thing you notice when you enter this new restaurant is the noise, followed closely by the tantalizing aromas. Filling in big shoes, it's situated in the now-defunct Moulerie space that was popular for many years. The lights are dimmed so low, perhaps to create a sense of intimacy albeit betrayed by the level of noise, that everyone had difficulty reading their menus; one lady used her flashlight option on her iPhone. The Maître D' greeted us at the door and showed us to our table in a very friendly manner. For a Monday night following...

Blog - January 14, 2014

 Bier Markt : Another brasserie

Posted by Josée De Angelis 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Bier Markt : Another brasserie
Another brasserie. I was expecting a beer list and a simple menu of typical brasserie food. I was blown away by Bier Markt. It's the first of its genre here in Montreal but Torontonians know this concept well: they have four locations to choose from. Ours is on René-Lévesque Boulevard, right in front of the Bell Center. You can't miss it, there's a huge manneken-pis statue right above the entrance. Once you enter, on your left you'll discover another one watching over you if you go to the second floor. When you walk in, you're in a bar, with loud...

Blog - December 04, 2013

 La Société : Take a look at high society

Posted by Josée De Angelis 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: La Société : Take a look at high society
From Toronto comes La Société, a French bistro located inside the luxurious Hotel Loews Vogue on de la Montagne Street. The chef Sean Reeve was also in Toronto previously, at the Italian restaurant Briscola Trattoria. This is his first endeavour in French cuisine, having trained and worked in Italian restaurants before moving to Montreal and La Société....

Blog - November 19, 2013

 Grenouille : Weird name, good food

Posted by Josée De Angelis 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Grenouille : Weird name, good food
Okay, so the name is a little weird. Still this new restaurant on Mount-Royal Avenue is anything but weird. Located where an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant used to be, it was gutted out and redone with lots of bricks and wood and it turned out very charming and warm. The menu is based on the French owners’ family favourites, what they considered comfort foods when they were kids.   The choices are simple, not many but enough to find something for everyone. You can have sweet and salty nuts with olives or fries with mayo as an aperitif, or...

Blog - October 02, 2013

 Moishes : A Mystery

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Moishes : A Mystery
For many years Moishes Restaurant has enjoyed a spotless reputation: finest quality beef and flawless service. Two years ago, I visited the Saint-Laurent Boulevard establishment and had decided, after the meal, not to write about it, as I wasn’t convinced I had experienced the best of what this glorious steakhouse had to offer. I went back last Friday to make sure that my experience two years ago wasn’t a typical evening at Moishes. Upon our arrival, we waited in the hall where guests wait to be seated. The maitre d’ then takes us to our table for two, right next to...

Blog - August 23, 2013

 Street food is here to stay

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Street food is here to stay
In June the City of Montreal announced a pilot project long awaited by the population of Montreal and especially by the local 'foodies'. The street food project is in full gear in the city since the beginning of the summer.  A selection Committee chose among many applicants seventeen foodtrucks from restaurants already having storefronts in the city. The selection was made according to eight pre-established criteria, including the quality of the food supply, creativity, appearance of the vehicle and its availability. Foodtrucks operate a daily rotation among the nine selected sites. Therefore, citizens can eat something different every day. What...

Blog - July 30, 2013

 Restaurant Pitaya Maya

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Restaurant Pitaya Maya
I have always appreciated Mexican cuisine: tortillas, burritos and dishes of chicken, beef and seafood, with sides of tomatoes, avocado, lettuce and cheese. The restaurant we visit this week claims to serve authentic Mexican food. So nothing to do with what is served in Montreal so far? Let’s see if it’s true .The restaurant Pitaya Maya is located in the middle of the West  Island of Montreal. There is a large parking space and the front is peculiar with its gray brick and touches of pink and turquoise. A terrace is available to guests but offers a view of the...

Blog - June 28, 2013

 Le Comptoir Charcuteries et Vins

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Le Comptoir Charcuteries et Vins
I had heard so many good things about this restaurant since it opened that I simply had to visit the next time I found myself on St. Laurent Blvd. Frankly, I wondered how this restaurant could remain open, given that its kind is so common in Montreal. I was about to find out. The place is unpretentious with lots of wood and even more bright light. Increasingly, Montrealers, instead of going to a full-on restaurant, choose to visit a wine bar for a butcher's board full of homemade cold cuts and wines by the glass at a good price. In keeping...

Blog - June 04, 2013

 Stash Café: in the Polish tradition

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Stash Café: in the Polish tradition
Montreal is well known for being a cosmopolitan city where it's possible to find traditional cuisine from almost every country in the world. On this rainy day in May, I decided to put that maxim to the test with a visit to a typical Polish restaurant that opened its doors more than 30 years ago. Located on St. Paul St., one of the busiest thoroughfares in the heart of Old Montreal, the Stash Café is understated in an old grey stone building that's four stories high. The "Stash," as nicknamed by regular patrons, describes itself as a family restaurant that...

Blog - May 07, 2013

 Restaurant Biarritz : Tastes of the World

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Restaurant Biarritz : Tastes of the World
I like to discover restaurants that surprise me with their simplicity and the freshness of their cuisine, rather than with their snazzy decor or the way they attract the in crowd. I favour visiting places that offer a selection of small tasting portions, like tapas. And I am always keen to sample a wide range of the world’s flavours in my dining-out fare. With this needs inventory in mind, a friend suggested I try the Biarritz Downtown Montreal. I did. The restaurant, which is easy to miss from the street thanks to a discreet exterior façade, has seats for...

Blog - March 28, 2013

 PROJET 67

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: PROJET 67
A restaurant with the curious moniker of Projet 67 has recently opened on St. Laurent in the Mile End district. Inspired by the Universal Exhibition of 1967, a landmark event that awakened the taste buds of Quebec to the many flavours of international cuisine, the restaurant is unique to this province. Several small details that hark back to this memorable period are scattered throughout the restaurant, but not exaggerated. A large frame at the back of the restaurant reminds diners of the different countries that make their culinary distinctions known in this great multicultural town. When I got the...

Blog - March 05, 2013

 La Famiglia & Co.

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: La Famiglia & Co.
There are precious few quality restaurants where I can bring my own wine in the West Island of Montreal. The restaurant Famiglia & Co is, mercifully, among that limited list.   Located in a small shopping centre, this is a place where you can find all the ingredients for a great night out with friends. The restaurant is simply decorated in brown and white hues, and outfitted with comfortable chairs that seem to beg diners to spend several hours at the table. Among the many special...

Blog - February 08, 2013

 La Mauvaise Réputation Restaurant

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: La Mauvaise Réputation Restaurant
Opened just a few months ago, the restaurant caught my attention right off the bat with its very bold name. In Toronto a few years back, I ate at a restaurant called Fiasco! As you can imagine, the place is no longer with us. One of the first things to consider in restaurant marketing, after the location, is its name. Agencies are paid a pretty penny to help devise the best one according to the menu, the atmosphere and so on. The name of this restaurant was obviously chosen because of the food that is served on its premises: comfort...

Blog - January 16, 2013

 A meal in a fantastic decor

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: A meal in a fantastic decor
In December, our small group from the office was looking for a place to go to celebrate the holiday season. After casting about our various options, we settled on the Bistro Sawadika, in St. Laurent. Right off the bat, I have to say that, given the many restaurants next to one another in this neighbourhood, parking directly in front of the Sawadika is hard to find. Still, you'll easily find a spot in the back. And this is really a minor concern, given the experience you’re about to enjoy! Once parked and inside the place, the...

Blog - December 14, 2012

 Restaurant Les Cavistes : Where Wine is the King

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Restaurant Les Cavistes : Where Wine is the King
Being that I was already on Rue Saint Denis when the happy hour bell rang, I decided to go to a restaurant where wine is king. My choice, Les Cavistes, literally puts wine in the centre of your dining experience. It's not the kitchen that's open to the sleek and sophisticated honey-coloured dining room at this place - but the wine cellar. That's saying something.   The menu here is simple enough that all diners will find something to their liking. Grilled meats and chicken dishes that are easily associated with many pairings on the wine list lead the pack. Braised cheek,...

Blog - November 22, 2012

 Dinette Triple Crown

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Dinette Triple Crown
Since way back in June, a friend has been urging me to check out this unique new restaurant where you can order a meal for two, for lunch or for dinner, and the whole thing will arrive at your table inside of a wicker picnic basket, complete with dishes, utensils, glasses and even a tablecloth. I agree that it's a little late - and a lot cold - in November for outdoor dining, but I recently determined to visit the restaurant regardless....

Blog - November 08, 2012

 New restaurant, old feeling

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: New restaurant, old feeling
The moment I set foot in the Public House, I felt comfortable, at ease. Welcome. It’s a bit like the feeling I have when I visit a friend. The décor has probably got a fair bit to do with this curious wash of warm sentiments I experienced. A long wooden bar, open kitchen and walls lined with old English wallpaper dominate the space. The furniture is made of dark wood and miscellaneous objects are deposited — seemingly without artifice or design — here and there throughout the restaurant. The menu is oddly situated on the back wall. Taken together, the...

Blog - October 23, 2012

 Authentic southern bbq in the north

Posted by Jacques Boucher 
in Restaurant Review
Blog: Authentic southern bbq in the north
For this restaurant review, I veered away from my usual downtown haunts and ventured into a neighbourhood on the southwest of the island known for its collection of modest restaurants. Blackstrap BBQ in Verdun is quite a special place. Just barely opened, this humble eatery is already the talk of the town. The Blackstrap project is the product of Clara Barron and Dylan Kier, a foodie couple that decided to sell the Griffintown Café they’d operated for a few years sot hey might journey into the southern parts of the US to learn the secrets of cooking barbecue. They...